Meaning of “at large” in the English Dictionary

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"at large" in British English

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at large

C2 generally:

This group is not representative of the population at large.

(Definition of “at large” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at large" in American English

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at large

generally:

Society at large will benefit from this.

A person who is at large is not in prison:

The escaped prisoners are still at large.

(Definition of “at large” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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